Berlinale: Prizes Generation


Awards and Juries in the Generation section

In this section the jury members are no older than those of the audience. Eleven children and seven teens award the best films with Crystal Bears. Special Mentions are given for outstanding achievements. Two international juries present further prizes in the Generation Kplus and Generation 14plus competition.

Prizes in the competition Generation Kplus

  • Crystal Bear for the Best Film
  • Crystal Bear for the Best Short Film
  • The Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury for the best feature-length film, endowed with € 7,500 by the Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk
  • The Special Prize of the Generation Kplus International Jury for the best short film, endowed with € 2,500 by the Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk

Prizes in the competition Generation 14plus

  • Crystal Bear for the Best Film
  • Crystal Bear for the Best Short Film
  • The Grand Prix of the Generation 14plus International Jury for the best feature-length film, endowed with € 7,500 by the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education)
  • The Special Prize of the Generation 14plus International Jury for the best short film, endowed with € 2,500 by the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education)

International Jury Generation Kplus

Bettina Blümner (Germany), director (Prinzessinnenbad) and screenwriter

Tom Hern (New Zealand), director, actor and producer (e.g., The Dark Horse)

Michal Matus (Israel), director of the International Children's Film Festival and the education department of the Cinemateque, both in Tel Aviv

International Jury Generation 14plus

Sophie Hyde (Australia), director, who won the Crystal Bear in 2014 for 52 Tuesdays

Alix Madigan-Yorkin (USA), producer (e.g., Winter’s Bone) and board member of Film Independent

Marten Rabarts (New Zealand), producer and Head of Training and Development at the National Film Development Corporation India as well as newly appointed Head of EYE International in the Netherlands

Children’s Jury and Youth Jury

Eleven children from Berlin, aged 12 to 14, have been invited to be on the Children’s Jury; and seven teenagers on the Youth Jury. They will award the Crystal Bears for Best Short and Feature Films in their respective competitions.

After each Generation screening, questionnaires are distributed amongst the audience. The form offers audience members a chance to express their thoughts and opinions about the film. The film questionnaires do not have to be returned immediately in the cinema but can be completed at home and sent back to Generation by post within one month.

Every year, about 1,500 filmgoers return the questionnaire. Respondents who write openly, honestly and vividly about their film experience stand a chance of being selected to award the Crystal Bears themselves at the following year’s festival. Only children who will be aged 11-14 during the upcoming festival can sit on the Children’s Jury. The members of the Youth Jury must be at least 14, but no older than 18.

The questionnaires are also forwarded to the directors of the participating films, so that each filmmaker can find out first hand how his or her film was received by the Berlin audience.